'Jawline': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about the Hulu documentary
The 1-hour 39-minute documentary takes a fresh look at the live-broadcast age, a digital phenomenon where streamers can not only watch and get inspired but also engage with those who steal their hearts
It is easy for one to look down upon influencers and social media celebrities through the screen – pointing out the superficiality of the people we see on the screen. But for 16-year-old Austyn Tester and many others like him, life hasn't exactly been easy and the only way to escape their rural, dead-end life in Tennessee, could be through social media only.
'Jawline' was directed by first-time filmmaker Liza Mandelup – the movie was her feature debut. The film made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it went on to win the Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker.
'Jawline' launches on Hulu and in select theatres on August 23, 2019.
The protagonist, 16-year-old Austyn Tester from Tennessee, is a handsome young boy. A rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem, Austyn is an earnest vlogger who is loved by thousands of young girls, all more than eager for his attention and his "likes" on social media where he has built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust.
Austyn Tester as himself
Tester stars as himself – a live vlogger from the rural land of Tennessee.
Mandelup is a director and cinematographer known for her work in 'Showpony', 'Sundown', 'Fangirl', and 'Intimacy' apart from 'Jawline'.
You can watch the trailer for the documentary here:
According to the trailer, the film follows Austyn through his everyday vlogging and how he begins to doubt himself with every live session he streams online. An interesting aspect covered in 'Jawline' is an internet celebrity manager whose concern is to keep internet celebrities relevant. "Finding someone who looks cute on Instagram and gaining them a million followers is easy to do. What happens when they're 30? Because when they're not cute, it's game over. There's no longevity behind it," he says.
By documenting the highs and lows of being an internet celebrity, 'Jawline' explores the longevity of being one.
Where to watch
The documentary will launch on Hulu and in select theatres on August 23, 2019.
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